Jack White talks about on-stage motivation and the process of recording his new album


Jack White has revealed his need to ‘work into a frenzy’ before going on stage.

The White Stripes frontman, who is working on a new solo record to follow 2014’s Lazaretto, hits the whiskey before picking up a baseball bat.. that classic combination.

“I’m drinking a Red Bull, a shot of whiskey,” he told The New Yorker. ”I’m backstage with a baseball bat breaking things. You have to work yourself up into a frenzy.”

Talking about the process of recording his new album, White discusses working on a reel-to-reel tape machine that he bought when he was just 14-years-old.

“If I could just break my leg and be in the hospital for six weeks, what would it be like? Something about a room and a cot and a little space. You have nothing to do,” he said.

“I’m going to try to write songs where I can’t be heard by the next-door neighbour,” the 41-year-old added. “And I want to write like Michael Jackson would write — instead of writing parts on the instruments or humming melodies, you think of them. To do everything in my head and to do it in silence and use only one room.”